I’m sure something shines brightly every month that Chanticleer is open (April through October). But I felt fortunate to see the hydrangeas in full bloom since I rarely see one in Austin.
I can never decide whether I prefer the pink or the blue.
The lacecaps are gorgeous too.
Circling this raked gravel court, hydrangeas in a rainbow of hues brighten the shady beds of the House Garden.
The house is impressive too.
Isn’t it fun how the chairs are painted to complement the hydrangea display?
I think I prefer the blue.
A blue lacecap
Following the path along the side of the house you are given an expansive view across part of the estate.
We sat on the terrace for a while, drinking in these views.
The path continues around to the back of the house, where a rill, long pool, and wall fountain lengthen and focus the view.
An eggplant- and toffee-colored feast for the eyes occupies this parterre.
I liked this contrast of textures: feathery versus sharp and pointy.
Another wonderful foliage combination
The other part of this garden glowed with a semblance of sunshine. Yellow lilies and variegated and golden foliage plants harmonize like butter and eggs.
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